Joel Speaks Again, Part 2

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Joel Speaks Again

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

This week we’re continuing our series on Joel with a survey of Chapter 2, the heart of Joel’s prophecy.

Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming. It is close at hand- a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness. Like dawn spreading across the mountains a large and mighty army comes, such as never was of old nor ever will be in ages to come. (Joel 2:1-2)

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Joel Speaks Again

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Joel Speaks Again

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming. (Joel 2:1)

Joel could be called the unknown prophet because outside of his three chapter book and one reference in Acts 2:16 there’s not much said about him anywhere. Not in the Bible and not in the history books. His father Pethuel (the name means vision of God) was unknown as well. In the absence of fact scholars rush in with opinion but there’s no consensus among them as to when Joel wrote his book. Some say it was in the 9th Century BC and others claim it was 300 years later, after the return from Babylon.

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Zephaniah Speaks Again, Part 2. Conclusion

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Zephaniah Speaks Again

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Remember from our last installment that Zephaniah wrote just before the time of the Babylonian captivity. In chapter 2 he opens with prophecies concerning the nations around Israel that would also be conquered by Babylon. The Lord was about to give Nebuchadnezzar the entire Middle East. Jeremiah also prophesied that this would happen. Continue reading…

Zephaniah Speaks Again, Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Zephaniah Speaks Again

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

Zephaniah wrote his three chapter prophecy during the time of King Josiah, who reigned over the Southern Kingdom (Judah) from 640-609 BC. Josiah was only 8 years old when he inherited the throne following the assassination of his father, the evil King Amon. Amon’s father King Manasseh had been even worse and between the two of them Judah had suffered through 57 years of apostate leadership. Needless to say, Judah was not in favor with God when Josiah ascended to the throne. Continue reading…